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Villain Overview
This is just the beginning, Ladybug. You and Cat Noir may have won this battle, but I will win the war. I will get your Miraculouses. I will get the absolute power! And then my secret dream will come true!
~ Hawk Moth.
You're never going to win. Not today, or any other day! You're still so green, young superheroes. You can't even stay transformed after you've used your powers!
~ Hawk Moth taunting Ladybug and Cat Noir after defeating them.
Fly away, my little akuma, and evilize him/her.
~ Hawk Moth sending an akuma to corrupt someone.
Nooroo, dark wings, rise!
~ Gabriel transforming into Hawk Moth.

Gabriel Agreste, better known as Hawk Moth (Le Papillon in the French dub, which translates to "The Butterfly") is the main antagonist of the French-superhero cartoon series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. He is a fashion designer, the father of Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir and supervillain who desires to take Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses and gain the power to change reality, with the ultimate goal of saving his wife Emilie. He creates and leads the akumas; white butterflies corrupted with evil who can transform normal people into supervillains under his control.

He is voiced by Antoine Tone in the original French dub, and by Keith Silverstein in the English dub, who also voiced Captain Gantu in the Stitch! anime.

Appearance

As Gabriel Agreste

Hawk Moth transforming

Gabriel transforming.

Gabriel is tall and possesses comed-back light blonde hair and blue eyes. He wears black-framed silver glasses. He has a white dress shirt underneath a silver vest with red buttons and a cream-colored dress jacket, along with a red-and-white striped tie. He also wears red dress pants and white shoes with red laces. On the middle finger of his left hand, he has a silver band ring.

As Hawk Moth

While Hawk Moth, he wears a dark purple dress shirt with a black butterfly-shaped lapel and black dress pants. He also wears a gray mask that covers most of his face and neck. The Moth Miraculous brooch is pinned to his chest. Whenever he is controlling someone with an akuma, a bright pink butterfly-shaped outline appears in front of his face and around his eyes.

In "Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1)", while he is Scarlet Moth, his entire outfit becomes burgundy-red due to Catalyst's enhancement.

As Collector

Collector's skin is a pale purple shade. His white hair sticks up in a point and bears black vertical stripes, the back of his head and his neck also being the same tone of black. He wears a black dress suit with a white lapel and pants of the same color, stiff shoulders, and black and red downward-bent stripes on the front. Each lower sleeve has a white stripe, and the Collector's hands have white gloves. His high heel boots are connected to his body suit, and they are black with black and white striped heels.

Personality

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Gabriel amused by Ladybug's claim that she and Cat Noir must keep their identities secret.

Even while not using his villainous persona, Gabriel comes off as strict, cold, and harsh towards those around him, particularly towards his son Adrien, whom he has seemed to put at a distance for much of his life. He is highly possessive and protective of his son, practically controlling his life and sheltering him from the outside world, not letting him attend public school or have many friends up until the events of "Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2)". His domination over Adrien's life extends to the point where he is very quick to make any sort of conclusive judgement about his interaction with the world and his friends, forbidding Nino from ever coming to his home again in "The Bubbler" due to thinking him a bad influence on his son and placing the latter back in homeschool for taking and losing the Miraculous Spellbook in "The Collector". He also hates incompetence or disobedience of any kind, along with being told what to do, like in "Simon Says", where he refuses to listen to Cat Noir's instructions before he lashes out at him.

Despite his flaws, Gabriel is normally kind and orderly when dealing with others, such as Marinette and Audrey Bourgeois, and knows when to act professionally. He very genuinely cares for his son, regarding him as "perfect" in "Simon Says" and wants nothing to harm him. His affections also extend out to his wife Emilie, whom he loves and misses greatly, having become a changed man ever since losing her. As such, he has become fixated with gaining Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses in order to use them to erase the past incident which resulted in her condition and thus bring her back, leading to him becoming Hawk Moth. Furthermore, according to Thomas Astruc, he is fully aware that any wish he makes using the Miraculouses could have consequences as to retain balance in the universe, yet this knowledge does not seem to affect him, showing the depth of his obsession.

Hawk Moth Persuasion

Hawk Moth persuading Xavier Ramier to become Mr. Pigeon.

Under his supervillain persona, he is even colder and more ruthless than before, caring very little for the destruction he causes so long as he is able to achieve his goal. He is extremely skilled at picking out and manipulating his victims when they are weak and desperate and pretends to be a friend to them in order to turn them into his minions. While normally overconfident to a fault, he can be very clever in his approaches and gives his minions specific instructions on how to overcome his enemies on various occasions, like having Frightningale hinder Ladybug and Cat Noir by forcing them to rhyme and dance or by having Reverser endanger people in order to distract Ladybug and make her vulnerable. His tolerance for mistakes and ineptitude also becomes even shorter, with him being willing to hurt or threaten to deakumatize anyone who tries to disobey his orders. In spite of his calm and collected demeanor, he becomes extremely aggravated whenever he is beaten by Ladybug and Cat Noir and always swears to get back at them one day.

Although his main goal has remained consistent throughout the series, Hawk Moth has seemed to develop a hunger for power whether it suits his main objective or not. In "Syren", he shows a desire to acquire the means to gain more abilities for himself. In "Sandboy", he reveals that he not only wants to steal Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses but all the Miraculouses in general in order to have a virtually unlimited variety of powers. However, in spite of his lust for power and desire to restore his wife, Hawk Moth still has his limits as to how far he's willing to go to achieve his goals, specifically when he might end up harming his son. In "Riposte", he instructs Riposte not to hurt Adrien and instead wait for Ladybug and Cat Noir to save him, and in "Gorizilla", he deliberately has Gorizilla loosen his hold on Ladybug so that she can save his son—in fact, after Style Queen's failure and attack on Adrien in "Style Queen (Queen's Fight - Part 1)", Gabriel almost decides to quit being Hawk Moth forever, not wanting to keep hurting his son and reluctantly deciding that he'll never be able to acquire Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses.

In spite of what restrictions he possesses, Hawk Moth is far from truly being limited by his morality, as he is not above using dirty and/or unfair tactics to get what he wants. In the "Heroes' Day" episodes, he resorts to overwhelming Ladybug and Cat Noir with an army of akumatized villains, and specifically uses Dark Cupid to generate enough negative emotions from his past victims to allow him to simply re-akumatize them as many times as he wants, even turning their own allies against them using this tactic. In the same episode, he shows how utterly merciless he is when he knows he has nothing left to lose, defeating Ladybug and Cat Noir with ease when they corner him before taunting them for their youth and inexperience with using their Miraculouses. Overall, Hawk Moth is an immeasurably persistent, sadistic, and power hungry villain who still proves to have many areas in which he is not totally cold-hearted.

Relationships

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug

Though Gabriel doesn't know her too well, he finds her to be a skilled hat maker and is impressed with the derby hat she designed for the contest he was holding, declaring her the winner. He even comments on Marinette's talent to Audrey Bourgeois and seems happy for her when Audrey offers her a chance to become a famous fashion designer. He treats her coldly when she returns the Miraculous spellbook to him and lies that she had stolen it, yet he accepts her apology and grants her request to let his son go back to school.

Gabriel is unaware that Marinette is Ladybug. However, he despises the hero and wants to take her Miraculous from her.

Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir

Gabriel cares deeply for his son, but he is very distant and overcontrolling of his life. He is also extremely overprotective, as he doesn't let him go out without his bodyguard and sometimes won't let him go out at all.

Gabriel is unaware that Adrien is Cat Noir. However, he despises the hero and wants to take his Miraculous from him. He does briefly suspect that Adrien might be Cat Noir, but after Adrien makes it look like he and Cat Noir are at the same place at the same time, Gabriel is fooled by this trick and is relieved that his son isn't Cat Noir.

Nathalie Sancoeur

Gabriel trusts his assistant Nathalie, not only with taking care of his son but also with that fact that he's Hawk Moth. When he akumatizes her into Catalyst, he says that she has always been loyal to him. When she uses the damaged Peacock Miraculous to aid him, Gabriel expresses concern and fear for her yet still accepts her help and later on thanks her for everything she's done.

Nooroo

Gabriel views his kwami Nooroo as his slave. He doesn't allow him to be more than a few feet away from him or to communicate with anyone else. Nooroo attempts to convince Gabriel that the Miraculouses aren't meant to be used evilly, but Gabriel refuses to listen and even yells at him.

 

Powers and Abilities

As Hawk Moth

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Hawk Moth transforming a butterfly into an akuma.

  • Akumatization: As stated before, Hawk Moth has the ability to turn a citizen with potent negative emotions into a supervillain through the use of his akumas. It is assumed that Hawk Moth chooses the powers that his villains receive, though, regardless, they he powers the akuma gives always directly or metaphorically relate to the reason behind their distress (ex: Max Kanté lost the chance to play in a video game competition and gained the ability to play as the game's robot character in real life, Chloé Bourgeois pretended Sabrina Raincomprix was invisible, causing her to gain the powers of invisibility, etc). As revealed in "Zombizou", regardless if a person actually wants to receive powers or not, he can still take control of them and subsequently manipulate them into becoming his minion. Also, as hinted at in "Despair Bear" and seen in "Queen Wasp", Hawk Moth can akumatize previous victims of his as well. In "Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1)", while empowered by Catalyst, his akumatization powers become even stronger, allowing him to create an army of red akumas capable of instantly re-akumatizing his previous victims so long as they are being affected by negative emotions.
  • Control Over Akumatized Villains: As shown in "The Evillustrator", Hawk Moth can cause pain to anyone he akumatizes in order to force them to obey him should they ever become disloyal. In "Pixelator", after Pixelator becomes too distracted with trying to capture Jagged Stone, Hawk Moth directly controls his body and strangles him in order force him to stay on task. He also has the ability to remove the powers of his victims and purify their akumas, which he generally threatens to do should they not stay on task and get him Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses.
  • Negative Emotion Sensing: Hawk Moth can psychically scan Paris in search of people who are perfect for his akumatization. Furthermore, even when his Miraculous is inactive, he can feel it sense powerful negative emotions within Paris.
    • Potential Omniscience: As shown in episodes such as "Simon Says" and "Despair Bear", Hawk Moth is somehow aware of particular events, like the competitions in The Challenge and Chloé Bourgeois's party, if they involve so much as the potential to generate negative emotions, implying that he may have the ability to watch over the entirety of Paris all at once.
  • Telepathy: When the akuma possesses something belonging to the victim, they become telepathically connected to Hawk Moth, forming a moth shaped emblem around the faces of himself and his minion, which is how he instructs them to help him complete his goal. Even if someone tries to reject the connection, as seen in "Zombizou", Hawk Moth can fully impose it on them by making them want superpowers, or by appealing to their interests.
  • Hologram Projection: Hawk Moth can pull the akuma out of any villain he creates, putting them into a coma-like state, and multiply it to create a hologram of himself that he can use to communicate with a large group of people.
  • Swordsmanship: As seen in "Robustus", Hawk Moth is an incredibly skilled swordsman, as he managed to fight off and destroy his own defense system with his sword in only a few minutes.
  • Superhuman Agility and Reflexes: Hawk Moth is extremely agile and able to react to things very quickly, managing to dodge his security system's missiles unscathed.
  • High Combat Proficiency: As shown in "Mayura (Heroes' Day - Part 2)", Hawk Moth is a highly skilled fighter, given that he successfully managed to overpower and defeat Ladybug and Cat Noir with nothing but his bare hands.

As The Collector

  • High Combat Proficiency: Collector is a very skilled fighter, being able to keep up with both Ladybug and Cat Noir for an extended period of time.
  • Sketch Book: Collector can throw his Sketch Book like a boomerang, and what ever it's pages touch will be trapped inside of it. Collector can also erase the sketches in his book if he feels the need to, supposedly destroying the objects entirely if he does so. However, despite how much the book can hold, the number of pages still has a limit that can be overtaxed.

Weaknesses

  • Miraculous: Although it provides all of his powers, Hawk Moth's Miraculous is also his greatest weakness; much like with other Miraculouses, if it were to be removed from him, Hawk Moth would be rendered completely powerless and could be easily defeated. It can also be assumed that, much like Ladybug and Cat Noir, Hawk Moth can only use his powers for a limited time before Nooroo needs to come out of the brooch and refuel himself, although this has yet to be shown. However, in "Mayura (Heroes' Day - Part 2)", he implies while taunting Ladybug and Cat Noir that he has more time and experience with using his Miraculous and thus does not have the same transformation limitations.
  • Minions: While a great help towards his goals, Hawk Moth's minions are also the greatest problem with almost all of his plans. In most instances (typically in the case of the teenagers or younger children he akumatizes) his minions will often directly disobey his orders in order to pursue their own goals, often preventing the Miraculouses from being taken (as is the case with Timebreaker and Reflekta) or even trying to outright kill Ladybug and Cat Noir without taking their Miraculouses (as was the case with Bubbler).
  • Akumatization Limitations: For unknown reasons, Hawk Moth can only create one villain a day, although he has occasionally created two. This is seen as incredibly strange, as there is no logical reason why Hawk Moth wouldn't create dozens of villains a day. A possible explanation for this is that he has a limited amount of dark energy to use to create akumas. Another explanation is that he can create more than one villain a day, but can only do so if they will end up having very simplistic powers, rather than the complex abilities he normally gives to his minions (ex: In "Princess Fragrance", Hawk Moth created both Magician of Misfortune, who's only power was to make objects disappear, and later the titular Princess Fragrance, who had the more complex abilities he usually gives out.) As shown in the aforementioned "Gigantitan", Hawk Moth also cannot control the akuma if it decides to go after a different citizen than he originally intended.
  • Physical Limitations: Hawk Moth, when expending himself over a long period of time, can become extremely exhausted.
  • Adrien Agreste: Hawk Moth is highly protective of his son and will adjust his schemes to avoid him getting hurt, best shown in "Gorizilla" when he allowed Gorizilla to release Ladybug so she could save Adrien, despite having a perfect opportunity to steal her Miraculous. Hawk Moth briefly gave up pursuing the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses, as he couldn't risk putting his son in further danger.

Akumatized Villains

Season 1

  • The Bubbler/Nino Lahiffe: Able to fly short distances and create semi-indestructible bubbles with varying effects.
  • Mr. Pigeon/Xavier Ramier: Can control/communicate with pigeons.
  • Stormy Weather/Aurore Beauréal: Can fly and manipulate the weather.
  • Timebreaker/Alix Kubdel: Can steal energy from people (essentially killing them) and time travel when given enough energy.
  • Copycat/Théo Barbot: Can turn himself into an exact replica of Cat Noir with identical powers.
  • The Pharaoh/Jalil Kubdel: Can summon the powers of various Egyptian Gods.
  • Lady Wifi/Alya Césaire: Can use her phone for various attacks and abilities (hover boarding, freezing, locking people to surfaces) and can transport herself through phones.
  • The Evillustrator/Nathaniel Kurtzberg: Can bring his drawings to life and erase existing objects.
  • Rogercop/Roger Raincomprix: Can shoot unbreakable laser handcuffs that force others to do what he says and drives an extremely advanced police car.
  • Dark Cupid/Lê Chiến Kim: Can fly and shoot arrows that replace love and affection with hatred.
  • Horrificator/Mylène Haprèle: Can shoot sticky purple goo and grows bigger by absorbing fear.
  • Darkblade/Armand D'Argencourt: Can stun people and "knight" them, turning them into loyal knights.
  • The Mime/Fred Haprèle: Can pantomime objects into existence.
  • Magician of Misfortune/Jean Duparc: Can make objects magically disappear.
  • Princess Fragrance/Rose Lavillant: Can spray different fragrances with different effects, such as mind control or making a person produce a horrible smell. Can also use "fly" by using her perfume gun to propel herself into the air.
  • Stoneheart/Ivan Bruel: Has super strength and grows when struck.
  • Animan/Otis Césaire: Can shape-shift into various animals, including extinct ones.
  • Simon Says/Simon Grimault: Can throw cards that force others to do what he says, as well as making them adopt the traits and abilities of anything he tells them to act like.
  • Pixelator/Vincent Aza: Can transport people into an infinite white void by taking their picture, or pixelate/remove a part of their body if he catches only one part.
  • Guitar Villain/Jagged Stone: Can shoot various beams with different effects (mind control, powerful concussive blasts, intense seismic waves, etc) by playing different chords on his guitar.
  • Kung Food/Wang Cheng: Can mind control people who drink his soup and summon food weapons.
  • Gamer/Max Kanté: Controls a giant robot that turns people into "Experience Points" in order to upgrade it and can also summon another robot by "saving" it if the first is destroyed.
  • Reflekta/Juleka Couffaine: Can turn people into complete physical copies of herself, and by extension, can remove their powers.
  • The Puppeteer/Manon Chamack: Can hover and control a person if she has a puppet of them, and, if she has a puppet of a person's Akumatized form, she can make them become said form again.
  • Vanisher/Sabrina Raincomprix: Can turn invisible.
  • Antibug/Chloé Bourgeois: Has the same powers as Ladybug, but summons more offensive objects with 'Anti-Charm' (weapons such as swords instead of random objects).
  • Volpina/Lila Rossi: Can create realistic, intangible illusions.
  • Santa Claws/Santa Claus: Rides an extremely fast flying sleigh that can phase though walls and gives out exploding presents that can contain spiders, bats, cockroaches or weapons for him to use.

Season 2

  • The Collector/Himself: Absorbs objects and people into the pages of his book.
    • It should be noted that since he akumatizes himself voluntarily, he retains memories of his actions as an akuma.
  • Despair Bear/Butler Jean: Controls the minds of people he hangs onto.
  • Prime Queen/Nadja Chamack: Can transport herself and others through television screens.
  • The Befana/Gina Dupain: Uses a gun that can turn people into either coal statues of themselves or loyal angel-esque minions. Also rides a flying motorcycle.
  • Riposte/Kagami Tsurugi: Can slash through virtually anything, fire sonic waves, and jab extremely quickly with her sword.
  • Robustus/Markov: Can manipulate technology by granting it sentience, directly controlling it or constructing it into a giant robot.
    • It should be noted that Robustus' betrayal makes him far less victimized than the other villains.
  • Gigantitan/August: Gigantic and possesses proportionate super-strength.
  • Dark Owl/Mr. Damocles: Has a wide arsenal of gadgets and traps, as well as enhanced fighting abilities.
  • Glaciator/André: Can transform people into ice cream and regenerate his body.
  • Sapotis/Ella and Etta Césaire: Can duplicate themselves a virtually infinite amount of times by eating.
  • Gorizilla/Adrien's bodyguard: Has super-strength and a keen sense of smell.
  • Captain Hardrock/Anarka Couffaine: Has a pirate ship that obeys her commands and a microphone that can turn into a laser cutlass and spyglass.
  • Zombizou/Caline Bustier: Can give out kisses that mind control others into becoming zombie-like and obsessed with kissing others to spread the infection.
  • Syren/Ondine: Has the ability to both control and breath in water and can swim proficiently.
  • Frightningale/Clara Nightingale: Has a microphone with a beam that makes whoever it hits have to sing, dance, or rhyme or else they’ll turn into metallic statues.
  • Troublemaker/Penny Rolling: Can make her body become completely intangible with the click of her pen.
  • Reverser/Marc Anciel: Can reverse certain qualities of a person.
  • Anansi/Nora Césaire: Possesses numerous arms, superhuman strength and the ability to wall-crawl and create webs like a spider.
  • Sandboy: Can bring people's nightmares to life.
  • Style Queen/Audrey Bourgeois: Can turn people into glittery gold statues.
  • Queen Wasp/Chloé Bourgeois: Controls an army of wasps who can totally paralyze anyone they sting.
  • Malediktator/André Bourgeois: Makes anything he declares come to life.
  • Frozer/Philippe Candelero: Can generate massive amounts of ice, including projectile icicles, and skate on it proficiently.
  • Catalyst/Nathalie Sancoeur: Can increase Hawk Moth's power, allowing him to akumatize dozens of people at once.

Season 3

  • Chameleon/Lila Rossi: Shape-shifts into anyone she kisses.

Comics

  • Replay/Adam: Can manipulate time around him by shooting energy blasts out of his watch.
  • Silurus/Fisherman: Can control both water and catfish.

Quotes

Season 1

I want that absolute power, Nooroo. I must have those Miraculous.
~ Hawk Moth upon hearing about the Cat and Ladybug Miraculouses.
I found you, though, my little Nooroo. Your Miraculous, remind me of its powers again […] And when it comes to luring superheroes, what could be better than creating supervillains? […] I must have this absolute power! Your Miraculous is in my control! I am your master now, and you must obey me!
~ Hawk Moth forcing Nooroo to use his powers for evil.
Nooroo, dark wings, rise! From this day on, I shall be known as... Hawk Moth!
~ Hawk Moth taking up his identity.
Negative emotions. This is perfect. Just what I need. Anger, sadness... Burn a hole into his heart, my horrible akuma.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Ivan Bruel's distress.
Everything's going to plan. Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculous have been activated. Here they come to save the day, and now my super villain will destroy them.
~ Hawk Moth upon realizing that Ladybug and Cat Noir have appeared.
Ivan has a sensitive heart. It won't be long before anger and sadness strike again, and he and the stone beings will come alive. Then, we'll see how long you will remain hidden, Ladybug and Cat Noir. Once I have your Miraculous, you will be powerless against me. Everyone will be powerless against me! I will have absolute power! Mwahahahaha!
~ Hawk Moth gloating after Ladybug and Cat Noir fail to capture his Akuma.
Yes...Feel the burn of those words. Lose your temper, Ivan! Your akuma awaits you.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Ivan's distress for the second time.
Negative emotions... they're fading! Ugh...
~ Hawk Moth after Marinette comforts Ivan.
This is your second chance, Stoneheart, and this time you have extra help. No one will stop you from capturing the love of your life. Just remember I'll need something in return.
~ Hawk Moth offering to give Ivan his powers back.
People of Paris, listen carefully. I am Hawk Moth. Ladybug, Cat Noir, give me the ladybug earrings and the cat ring now. You've done enough damage to these innocent people!
~ Hawk Moth revealing himself to Paris.
Agh! That's the problem with superheroes. They're too...heroic!
~ Hawk Moth frustrated at Ladybug for destroying his hologram.
It won't be long before Ladybug and Cat Noir show up to meet their doom! Mwahahahahahahaha!
~ Hawk Moth confident about his plan.
The time has come for us to find our next victim, my wicked little akumas, and to prey upon Ladybug and Cat Noir. Their Miraculouses must be mine!
~ Hawk Moth beginning to search for ideal victims.
So correct you are. You should have won, yes. […] Stormy Weather, I am Hawk Moth. I give you the power to seek revenge on them as my weather girl. All you have to do is bring me the Miraculous, can you do that? […] That's my weather girl. Show the world who the best weather girl really is!
~ Hawk Moth turning Aurore Beauréal into Stormy Weather.
Such disappointment, frustration, and negativity...Oh, how it fills my heart with exhilaration.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Alix Kubdel's distress.
Copycat, stop the small talk and get me Cat Noir's Miraculous!
~ Hawk Moth ordering Copycat to stop gloating and focus on their goals.
You might have gotten away this time, but I assure you, Ladybug, some day, wherever you are, I will have your Miraculous, and you'll be nothing! Nothing at all!
~ Hawk Moth
Noooo! The Miraculous were practically mine! And they will be. Once I have them all in my grasp, I shall rule the world!
~ Hawk Moth
Mime, I am Hawk Moth. I'm giving you the power to make whatever you gesture come to life. Destroy this premiere performance! You may be a mime, but they can't silence you! However, in return, you must bring me back Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses. So, shall we get on with the show?
~ Hawk Moth turning Fred Haprèle into The Mime.
Ooh, now there's a brokenhearted princess if ever I saw one. Every rose has its thorns.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Rose Lavillant's distress.
You ruined everything, Ladybug. This is not how it was supposed to end! But I promise you, one day it will be me at the top of the food chain, and you'll be nothing!
~ Hawk Moth upon his defeat.
The Challenge... what an interesting concept. A TV show with such potential with negative emotions. Oh, the destructive mayhem we could cause...
~ Hawk Moth realizing the potential The Challenge has to create negative emotions.
Next time, I assure you it won't be a photo finish! I won't stop, Ladybug! I'll destroy you!
~ Hawk Moth
Dahhh! Don't do your victory dance just yet, because one day, I'll play you my favorite music: the anthem of your defeat, Ladybug and Cat Noir!
~ Hawk Moth during his defeat.
This evil dinner was almost perfect! Revenge is a dish that is best served cold, so watch yourself — I'll be ready to strike again!
~ Hawk Moth upon defeat.
Such pitiful insolence! The moment you challenge me is the moment you seal your fate! This battle is not yet over...
~ Hawk Moth upon defeat.
Reflekta, I am Hawk Moth. From now on, you will be the only one people see. No one will ever ignore you again. However, you must do me a favor in return, when the time comes.
~ Hawk Moth turning Juleka into Reflekta.
Ah, what could be more pure than an innocent child's emotions, especially anger? I love it!
~ Hawk Moth sensing Manon Chamack's distress.
A betrayed Ladybug worshiper? Just what I need to swiftly recover from the defeat of Vanisher. This is perfect.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Chloé Bourgeois' distress.
Antibug, I am Hawk Moth. Ladybug has let you down, I want her downfall too. So, shall we defeat Ladybug together?
~ Hawk Moth transforming Chloé into Antibug.
Ah... Jealousy, deceit, and the desire to be a superhero. This young lady is my perfect prey.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Lila Rossi's distress.
Volpina, I am Hawk Moth. I'm giving you the power of illusion. From now on, your lies will come to life. Gain Ladybug and Cat Noir's trust, and convince them you're a real superhero. Then, betray them and bring me their Miraculous.
~ Hawk Moth transforming Lila into Volpina.
She's still angry. You're not done with Volpina yet, Ladybug. You haven't seen the last of her.
~ Hawk Moth realizing that Lila is still angry with Ladybug.
Santa Claws, I am Hawk Moth. They wrongly accused you of being a super villain so that's what you'll get to be from now on. In exchange, since I've been good enough all year round, I'm going to ask you for two gifts. Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculous!
~ Hawk Moth transforming Santa Claus into Santa Claws.

Season 2

I feel the wrath of a father betrayed by his son. What ideal prey for my akuma. [creates akuma] Stay close, my little akuma!
~ Hawk Moth planning to akumatize himself.
I must become someone else, to lead them astray.
~ Gabriel plotting to lead Ladybug and Cat Noir away from discovering his identity.
I am now the Collector! My book of inspiration has been taken from me, so I will build a new one! And perhaps pick up a Miraculous or two while I'm at it. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!
~ Gabriel becoming The Collector.
Nothing could inspire me more than imprisoning Ladybug and Cat Noir inside these pages forever!
~ Collector during his rampage.
Before I immortalize you, allow me to seize your Miraculous for Hawk Moth!
~ Collector leading Ladybug and Cat Noir away from his true identity.
Ladybug, Cat Noir, you almost managed to find out who I am, but now I am more above suspicion than I’ve ever been! As of today, nothing will prevent me from getting your Miraculouses and making my greatest wish come true! All I need to do now is wait for my next prey...
~ Hawk Moth monologuing about his success.
Cat Noir, Ladybug, what happened to me?
~ Gabriel faking amnesia on his actions as The Collector.
A party being held by the most spiteful girl in all of Paris? Such a fertile breeding ground for negative emotions. Fly away, my evil akuma. Finding a victim to evilize should be a piece of cake.
~ Hawk Moth after hearing about Chloé’s party.
A journalist ridiculed by Ladybug and Cat Noir. Now that’s the perfect prey.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Nadja Chamack’s disappointment.
What could be more powerful than a grandmother deserted by her own granddaughter? Perfect fodder for disappointment and misunderstanding.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Gina Dupain’s sadness.
A champion of victory has been stolen. Crushing defeat is the ideal steel with which to forge a blade of revenge!
~ Hawk Moth sensing Kagami Tsurugi's distress.
I may have made a mistake today, but believe me Ladybug and Cat Noir. It won’t happen again.
~ Hawk Moth after Robostus’ betrayal and defeat.
This wasn't I had in mind, but why not? After all, what could be more emotionally powerful than a baby throwing a giant temper tantrum?
~ Hawk Moth's accidental akumatization towards August.
Shame, pain, and a crushed dream. Fly away my little akuma, and evilize this failed hero.
~ Hawk Moth about to akumatize Mr. Damocles.
They are mine! Ladybug’s ability to create and Cat Noir’s power of destruction. Whoever succeeds in merging these two Miraculouses together shall be granted a wish that can change reality. And erase the past.
~ Hawk Moth revealing the Miraculouses’ combined power and his purpose.
"I don't want another peep out of you. Wash your hands, clean your room." Kids should be able to do whatever they want to do. However they want to do it.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Ella and Etta Césaire's sadness.
You and your friends have defeated me this time, Ladybug, but thanks to you, now I know there are other Miraculous in Paris, and most likely, a Guardian.
~ Hawk Moth thanking Ladybug for confirming his suspicions of other Miraculouses and of Master Fu.
Where is my son?! Adrien has managed to leave his room, without either of you noticing! Find him!
~ Gabriel yelling at Nathalie and the bodyguard for letting Adrien escape.
What have you done? Where's Adrien? Don't tell me it's that hard to keep an eye on a fourteen-year-old boy, or are you just too stupid to do something to simple? You better find him and fast!
~ Hawk Moth calling Adrien's bodyguard to make him vulnerable to akumatization.
A failed bodyguard who can't perform his duties. Anger and frustration, perfect fodder for my akuma.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Adrien's bodyguard's negative emotions.
If indeed you are Cat Noir, then transform, son. Please!
~ Hawk Moth showing concern for Adrien falling off a building.
One of these days I'll find out who Ladybug and Cat Noir really are. And when I do, I'll make them pay for eternity!
~ Hawk Moth swearing to find out the true identities of Ladybug and Cat Noir.
You should’ve trusted me, son. It’s important for you and I to be able to trust each other. If you were to begin hiding the truth from me, then I’d naturally start imagining all kinds of things.
~ Gabriel speaking to Adrien.
Ah! The depression of a soul demanding liberty and freedom! Perfect target for my akuma.
~ Hawk Moth about to akumatize Anarka Couffaine.
The feeling of injustice. What could be worse than being punished for someone else’s wrongdoings?
~ Hawk Moth sensing Marinette’s anger.
Ladybug. Cat Noir. If Zombizou is right, if love does always conquer, then someday my most cherished wish will come true for sure.
~ Hawk Moth after Zombizou is defeated.
With every new environment comes a new set of rules, Ladybug. You won't be able to win this time—ladybugs can't breath underwater! Syren, are you going to let Ladybug steal your prince away from you?
~ Hawk Moth gloating as Ladybug is fighting Syren.
I knew those Miraculous had hidden powers! Syren! There's too many fish in the sea. Take their Miraculous away before they take your merman away in their nets!
~ Hawk Moth shocked to see Ladybug and Cat Noir's new underwater powers.
Gabriel: Nooroo, how can I obtain more powers?
Nooroo: What do you mean, Master?
Gabriel: Don't treat me like an idiot! Ladybug and Cat Noir have new powers, how did they do it?!
Nooroo: We Kwamis don't know the recipes.
Gabriel: Its inside this grimoire, isn't it? Can't you read it?
Nooroo: Only Guardians can. I don't know anything, I swear!
Gabriel: Well, then. I will have to find this Guardian of the Miraculous, wherever he is...
~ Gabriel plotting to obtain new powers.
It’ll be an excellent promotion for our upcoming stores in Korea and China. You don’t have a choice. […] I’ve been designing Clara’s costumes since she started out. She was very pleased with my humble suggestion of using you. She’s only seen you in our advertisements but she does admire you a lot. I’m hoping you won’t let us down.
~ Gabriel forcing his son to play Cat Noir in Clara Nightingale’s music video.
Ah, tears of disenchantment. Such sweet music to my ears.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Clara Nightingale’s sadness.
A devoted artist losing her cool. Such a fortune opportunity.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Penny Rolling’s stress.
A blooming friendship brutally ripped apart. Picture perfect no more.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Marc Anciel’s sadness.
You're gaining more allies, Ladybug, but don't rush to rejoice. Soon, you might just be outnumbered. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
~ Hawk Moth swearing to gain allies of his own.
Sandboy is turning Paris into one huge nightmare, and yet there's no sight of Ladybug or Cat Noir. What is going on?!
~ Hawk Moth confused with Ladybug and Cat Noir's absence.
Aha! Its me who's going to find you, little Kwamis! And I will make you my slaves, just like Nooroo!
~ Hawk Moth trying to track the Kwamis down.
I hope you liked your friends' birthday gift, Nooroo. Now I know that they're close and that there mare many of them. If I manage to find them, I'll take their Miraculous. Then I'll have unlimited powers at my disposal. If I have to fight a whole army of superheroes, I'll do it! Whatever it takes, Nooroo. And Ladybug and Cat Noir won't be able to stop me ever again! Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
~ Gabriel vowing to find the other Kwamis and take their Miraculouses.
I'm sorry. It took some time, I know, but today I can feel my prey has more malice in her than anyone I've ever akumatized before. She will be...my masterpiece!
~ Gabriel plotting to akumatize Audrey Bourgeois while speaking to his wife.
Style Queen, I am Hawk Moth. You've been refused a throne that is rightfully yours! As Queen of Fashion, you will now be able to revenge those fashion disasters who disrespected you!
~ Hawk Moth akumatizing Audrey Bourgeois into Style Queen.
Adrien!...We no longer have a choice! Style Queen, you must defeat Ladybug and Cat Noir as soon as possible!
~ Hawk Moth horrified at Style Queen turning Adrien into a statue.
Style Queen was my greatest masterpiece. How could she have failed?...How could I have failed?....What should I do now...?
~ Hawk Moth saddened by Style Queen's defeat.
Nathalie: Sir, you took a big risk today. Especially concerning Adrien.
Gabriel: If only I could tell Adrien why I'm doing this. He would understand.
~ Gabriel talking about his motivations.
I don't want to break our promise, but...I can't keep putting out son in danger. Style Queen was supposed to be my masterpiece, but even she failed. I feel like I've done all I possibly could, you know. I'll never be able to fulfill my with without Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculous. Forgive me, Emilie...I'm giving you up, Nooroo...
~ Gabriel deciding to quit being Hawk Moth.
I still have one chance, Nooroo. All is not lost. I have a unique opportunity to akumatize someone with a Miraculous. A superhero turned supervillain can only be... exceptional!
~ Gabriel scheming to akumatize Chloé while she's Queen Bee.
It was bound to happen. Superpowers aren't child's play, my dear Chloé Bourgeois.
~ Hawk Moth sensing Queen Bee's sadness.
Queen Wasp, I am Hawk Moth. Ladybug and Cat Noir don't want you as their friend, so you will be their most powerful enemy. Nobody has managed it yet, but you will defeat them because you are exceptional. In return, you must seize their Miraculous.
~ Hawk Moth turning Queen Bee into Queen Wasp.
Ladybug and Cat Noir made a mistake today, and there will be others. Then we'll finally be together once again, my love.
~ Gabriel to Emilie.
So much sadness, so much disappointment. I can feel the chasm of despair and fear about to open and swallow up every single Parisian! Dear Volpina, you've served your role well for the time being. We will meet again, very soon.
~ Hawk Moth complimenting Volpina on her success.
Catalyst, you have always been my most loyal supporter. I give you the ability to boost powers.
~ Hawk Moth turning Nathalie into Catalyst.
Fly away, my little akumas. Find the Parisians as they despair over Cat Noir and Ladybug's final hour, and evilize each and every one of them!
~ Scarlet Moth sending his akumas out into Paris.
Do not let her out of your sight, Vanisher! She's probably going to recruit other superheroes to help battle my army. Without knowing it, she's going to lead us to the Guardian of the Miraculous.
~ Hawk Moth plotting to have Vanisher follow Ladybug.
Vanisher! Why have I lost contact with you?! Ladybug must have found you out, but there's no way she'll be able to figure out what I have in store for her next!
~ Hawk Moth after Ladybug de-akumatizes Vanisher.
Ladybug, Cat Noir, behold my powerful army and have no doubt today belongs to Scarlet Moth!
~ Scarlet Moth's broadcasting to Paris.
Ladybug, Cat Noir—I can feel your close presence. If you want to save Paris and all it's people, I'll give you one last chance! Give yourselves up and bring me your Miraculous!
~ Hawk Moth's announcement to Ladybug and Cat Noir.
Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha! I understand you want a fight, then so be it! Guitar Villain! Frighteningale! Music!
~ Hawk Moth sending his army against the heroes.
Alright, kids. Watch what a man who's got nothing to lose can do!
~ Hawk Moth preparing to fight Ladybug and Cat Noir.
Thank you, Nathalie... for everything.
~ Gabriel thanking Nathalie for coming to his rescue.

Trivia

  • Hawk Moth is named after the Sphingidae; a family of moths that are generally referred to as "hawk moths" because of their swift flight patterns.
    • Hawk Moth surrounding himself with darkness may also be a reference to these moths, as most types are nocturnal.
  • It has been confirmed that both Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste (Ladybug and Cat Noir's civilian identities) would be extremely hard for Hawk Moth to corrupt, as Marinette always has an extremely positive attitude and Adrien is too used to being disappointed and upset for anything to truly aggravate him.
    • Despite this, he still came very close to akumatizing Marinette it "Zombizou", before she let go of her anger.
  • Despite being the main villain of the series, Hawk Moth makes very few appearances in the Miraculous Secrets webisodes and makes no appearances in the Tales From Paris spin-off.
  • Hawk Moth has named every villain that he has akumatized, with the only exceptions being Horrificator, Darkblade and Volpina (the latter two because they were named after real people).
  • It is unconfirmed as to whether Hawk Moth shall appear in the special episode entitled The Chinese Legend, as it takes place outside of Paris.
  • Prior to "The Collector", Hawk Moth's true identity had been foreshadowed/hinted at numerous times:
    • As Ladybug points out in the aforementioned episode, Gabriel's signature logo is a butterfly, and most of his decor bears a butterfly symbol.
    • In "The Bubbler", Gabriel is not seen among the adults being carried into space by Bubbler's bubbles, despite the fact that Nathalie and The Gorilla are both seen floating away.
    • In "The Mime", Gabriel is unavailable after Hawk Moth surfaces.
    • In "Ladybug and Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1)", the visible portions of Hawk Moth's civilian form resemble Gabriel. Additionally, Hawk Moth holds a locket with a picture of Emilie Agreste in it and has a silver ring on his left middle finger, similar to Gabriel's.
    • In "Simon Says", Hawk Moth states that "this could be risky" upon learning of Simon Says' plan of going after Gabriel Agreste. Later, Hawk Moth suggests Simon Says to not go after Gabriel, despite having never shown concern over the people his victims want revenge on before. Hawk Moth then does not appear for the rest of the episode after Simon Says captures Gabriel.

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